464 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, notes, bibl., index
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-2620-8
Published: March 2016
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4696-2888-2
Published: March 2016
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-2621-5
Published: February 2016
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Awards & distinctions
2017 C. Hugh Holman Award, Society for the Study of Southern Literature
Sharon L. Dean Award, Constance Fenimore Woolson Society
Considering thematic concerns such as race, migration, forced exile, and colonial and postcolonial identity, Lowe contends that southern literature and culture have always transcended the physical and political boundaries of the American South. Lowe uses cross-cultural readings of nineteenth- and twentieth-century writers, including William Faulkner, Martin Delany, Zora Neale Hurston, George Lamming, Cristina García, Édouard Glissant, and Madison Smartt Bell, among many others, to make his argument. These literary figures, Lowe argues, help us uncover new ways of thinking about the shared culture of the South and Caribbean while demonstrating that southern literature has roots even farther south than we realize.
About the Author
John Wharton Lowe is the Barbara Methvin Professor of English at the University of Georgia.
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“A tremendous feat of scholarly investigation and synthesis.”--American Literary History
“Calypso Magnolia’s extensive scope works to challenge the geographic limits of the nation-state and argues for a hemispheric openness, running throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.”--American Literature
“A rich and definitive study that will change how scholars read, think about, and teach the transnational literatures of this region for generations to come.”--New West Indian Guide
“Only John Wharton Lowe could have written such a magisterial and comprehensive literary study, one with an incredible historical and geographic sweep. This monumental book will change the way we think about the literary landscape of America and the Caribbean.”--Keith Cartwright, University of North Florida
“The range of material that Lowe has found, absorbed, and put to use is startling--lost texts, unfamiliar critics, information so relevant one wonders why it seems so new. Without a doubt an excellent and important book.”--Linda Wagner-Martin, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill